Dublin has it all for those with a love for activity and adventure. Here a few activities worth checking out while in the city;
Start your day with a hearty cooked to order Irish breakfast in Francesca’s Restaurant to set you up for a busy day of action!
First on the agenda, Dublin City Bike Tours offer a great tour that allows you to see the city from a different perspective. Their tours are an easy paced eco-friendly bike ride through Dublin’s fair city and surrounding areas with local guides to show you the sights. They will take you by bike to many points of interest with plenty of great photo opportunities. The tours are an informative and unique way to see the beautiful capital and surroundings with plenty of laughs along the way. The tours run daily at 10am and at weekends at 2pm also. The distance covered is approximately 8km at a leisurely pace. More information can be found at; http://www.dublincitybiketours.com/
Next, travel to Croke Park, the home of Ireland’s national sports hurling and Gaelic football. The Gaelic Athletic Association is the governing body of Irish sport and the Croke Park site in Drumcondra is where hundreds and thousands of Gaelic football and hurling fans gather annually for the sporting championships. There is a museum on the pitch grounds that will offer you an insight into the rich heritage and history of the sport. Tours of the museum take place daily from 9.30am to 17.00pm and from 10.30am to 17.00pm on Sundays. https://crokepark.ie/gaa-museum-tours/gaa-museum
If you fell in love with Gaelic at Croke Park, why not give it a try at Experience Gaelic Games? Located 10 minutes from Croke Park is Na Fianna GAA Club where you can come to experience this unique aspect of Ireland for yourself. Here you can learn:
The ancient art of our stick and ball game called “Hurling” – the oldest, yet fastest field sport in the world.
Play and learn about the most popular sport in Ireland, Gaelic Football. This is soccer, rugby, basketball and more all rolled into one.
Take an alley, 4 walls, 1 ball, 4 or 2 players, fast and furious pace and this is “Handball”, another of our Irish sports. Fun, fast, yet accessible to all.
Ceilí Dancing is the most fun form of Irish dance and guaranteed to have your group laughing and enjoying the pure pleasure it delivers.
We’re sure you’ll be hungry after that so, time for lunch! Head to the Dockland’s where you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy your food taking in some great views .You can take a taxi from Croke Park to the Docklands for approximately €10.
After lunch head for Wakedock. Wakedock is Ireland’s first cable wakeboard park, located in the heart of the Docklands area.If you are a fan of water sports then this is a must! Their system is ideal for beginners to learn wakeboarding. They have four obstacles, a small and a big kicker, a slider and a rooftop rail, which guarantee lots of fun for more advanced riders. Only one wake boarder uses the cable at any time. The speed can be adjusted to the rider’s ability. A 15-minute wakeboard set is; Peak Times: €30 (no kit included) Off Peak Times: €25 (no kit included) Wake Up Session: €20 (free equipment). http://www.wakedock.ie/
Alternatively, you would experience kayaking in Dublin Bay. Kayaking.ie specialises in providing kayaking and canoeing courses, they also supply all equipment. If you want to relax and take in some scenery and fresh air, they have several wonderful options available.Dalkey is easily accessible by DART/Train from Dublin City Centre.http://kayaking.ie/
It the water isn’t for you, rock climbing might be. Also located in Dalkey, this place is by far one of the best locations in Ireland for Rock Climbing and Abseiling, where the guides are ready to bring you to new heights! Their website gives you all the information you need in regards to booking your place. http://www.adventure.ie/index.html Or if you’re looking for something similar in the city centre, Trinity College have their own artificial climbing wall which is open to non members at a cost of €8.
If you’re looking for something with less adrenaline involved, take a trip to Ticknock Mountain, an area in Sandyford,Dublin at the north-eastern foothills of Dublin Mountains. This area is perfect for casual hikes or lively mountain biking. Don’t have a bike? Do not fret, Biking.ie have a vast selection of touring, road and mountain bikes that are available for rent at a reasonable price. For more information visit their website.
Lastly, if physical activity isn’t for you, our last recommendation is a mental activity that will put your logical thinking skills to the test. Bolt Escape Games Dublinlocated in Smithfield, is one of the newest escape room style activities to open in Dublin. The premise is only a short walk away from the Smithfield Luas stop so is ideal when coming from the city centre.
That evening, why not enjoy dinner in Francesca’s Restaurant. Here you can enjoy exquisite food created from the finest locally sourced ingredients, as well as produce from our very own herb garden.
After dinner relax in Jasmine Bar and enquire with our bar team about our Whiskey of the Month which you will have well and truly earned by now!